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The Top 10 Underrated WordPress Plug-ins for Designers

Even though the question still rages over which CMS is the best, WordPress has undoubtedly recent times pushed itself to the fore and if popularity is anything to go by, it’s number one. Consequently, since the arrival of WordPress 3.8 two generations ago, many believe that the CMS has positioned itself as the front runner in technological terms too, surpassing Joomla and other alternatives. Why? Well, the level of functionality that WordPress offers can’t be equated and you can bend any site how you see fit, turning the most average website into something spectacular with a few tweaks and plug-ins. Again and again, we’ve seen lists of the best WordPress plug-ins, so being a little different; we thought we’d compile a list of the most underrated web design orientated add-ons. Let’s take a look. Instagram Image Gallery This very simple integration of the Instagram service allows you to add a feed from the social media site to your own. You can then give the plug-in permission to import images from specific users or a specific hashtag and it does the rest. Images can be shown in a slideshow or thumbnail and there are even options to customise the background, colour and...
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Wordpress Plugins That You Must Have!

Wordpress SEO by Yoast! This is an essential plug in! It can be called as important as the Wordpress site itself. The great thing is that this plug is not only easy to download but also extremely easy to use. There is an added bonus also this plug in will work perfectly with just about every Wordpress site that you have. That's great, right? Go ahead try it out here: Yoast's Google Analytics plugin. Simple URLs The understatement of the year would be to call it the greatest Wordpress plugin of all time. Because it is an absolute life saver! It allows you to control and take charge of all the outbound links and helps you stay in complete power. All you have to do is modify a code a little. It will ensure that no authority moves away through the link itself. This must have made a lot of people who own Wordpress sites to smile or sigh in relief. Users would have the opportunity to control the outbound links at the Wordpress backend, just the way these things should be done; in complete discretion and minimum disclosure. Google libraries This application is much like a coup; it is basically...
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WP Symposium Premium Social Network Plug-in for WordPress

WP Symposium is a premium plug-in for WordPress that can turn your blog into social network with few clicks. WP Symposium development started in 2010, this premium plug-in offer excellent support and constant updates. As WP Symposium is plug-in for WordPress, system requirements are similar, but this also depends on number of members and traffic, as the nature of social network kind of websites, it is highly probably to experience traffic spikes and many connections to database. WP Symposium Packages The review of WP Symposium will start with plan comparison, there is a free option that offers basic features (core features) like forum, group, member and member profiles are free, for additional features there are 3 different paid plans – Bronze, Silver and Gold – respectively at $39, $99 and $299. Please refer to the following page for more informatio https://www.wpsymposium.com/membership/. I personally would recommend to test the free version before buying some of the premium packages. WP Symposium Installation Installation is very simple, the same as installing any WordPress plug-in. As the developer have stated on the official websites, the steps are two. Though, I would say 3 steps as good practice is to back-up your files and database before...
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BuddyPress Social Network Plug-in for WordPress

BuddyPress is free plug-in for WordPress that will convert your WordPress website/blog into fully fledged social network. BuddyPress is an excellent choice for bloggers that have good knowledge about web development. Even the plug-in is free and open source, there are many things that require some PHP knowledge, WordPress/BuddyPress theme development and extensive understanding of WordPress core. BuddyPress Features BuddyPress out of the box features are: user profiles / extended profiles activity streams user groups private messaging notifications It is easy to extend the features with plug-ins which you can download from BuddyPress Plug-ins page: https://buddypress.org/plugins/. Pay attention on supported version of BuddyPress and WordPress, many plug-ins are outdated and can crash your website. Here is a link to list of recommended plug-ins, but again keep in mind to check version supported and possible conflicts with other plug-ins: https://buddypress.org/extend/recommended-plugins/. Web hosting Requirement As it is build over WordPress core, system requirements are the same, however keep in mind, that for large social network, you will need at least mid-level VPS. How to Install BuddyPress Installing BuddyPress is very easy, the same as you are installing new plug-in for WordPress – navigate to Pluins>Add new and search for “BuddyPress”. Hit “Install” and...
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Contact Form 7 - Flexible Contact Form Plug-in for WordPress

Contact Form 7 for WordPress is one of the most popular multiple contact form plug-ins. It is extremely flexible, easy to integrated with 3rd party plug-ins and it is free. Contact Form 7 plug-in is mature, regularly update and documentation is well written and complete. The plug-in is moderately easy to use and can create very complicated multiple contact forms. In this review, we will give you few tips, how to use it and how to combine Contact Form 7 with other plug-ins. Installation is straight-forward and doesn't differ from installing any other WordPress plug-in. Personally, I would suggest to check the documentation https://contactform7.com/docs/. Process of creating contact forms is traight forward, though non-experienced webmasters or bloggers, might get a bit confused. Contact Form 7 – Form Tags As I mentioned above, this plug-in is very flexible and there are several form tags that you can use out of the box: Text Fields Number Fields Date Field Checkboxes, Radio Buttons and Menus File Uploading and Attachment CAPTCHA Quiz Acceptance Checkbox Submit Button As well as Contact Form 7 can integrate 3rd party plug-ins to customize your form even further. For instance, one of the screenshots, include plug-in called “Contact Form 7...
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GD Star Rating - Rating and Review System

GD Star Rating is one of the most popular plug-ins for WordPress - sophisticated rating and review system for post, pages and comments. One of the best things is that there are constant updates and development of this plug-in, as well as GD Star Rating is rich snipped ready. Before I start listing the features and capabilities, I just want to mention that this plug-in work out of the box and in most cases there is no need to touch the settings at all. List of GD Star Rating Features Integration into posts and pages – singe or multi-rating system Comment rating - comment author review using standard, single rating block (thumbs ranking) Author rating and review Multiple rating review – up to 10  different criteria Using standard graphics or custom graphics for ratings (stars template system) Set number of ranking stars IP or cooking protection for rating Rating control (per user, per IP, per comment) Rich snippet support Widget support Template system Multi-language support - English, Serbian, Spanish, Hindi, German, Italian, French, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Russian, polish Support for cache plug-ins –  (we’ve tested in combination with W3 Total Cache) Ajax dynamic loading Votes moderation Charting support with pChart library Saving...
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W3 Total Cache Review

W3 Total Cache is web performance optimization for WordPress and Buddy Press. Probably the most complete and the easiest plug-in that can speed up your WordPress blog. Website speed is one of the major factors of successful website. Visitors want pages to open instantly, as well Google prefer faster websites too. W3 Total Cache works out of the box and doesn’t require much knowledge about web coding or servers. Simply test your configuration and deploy the settings. There are many benefits of caching website and I will list few of the most important: Few times faster website Improved website rankings and most likely lower bounce rate "Instant" subsequent page views: browser caching Pages render quicker Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site; visitors view more pages Improved server performance Minify settings and gzip compression save bandwidth One of the best features is that W3 Total Cache now uses the Page Speed Online API to provide Page Speed suggestions to WordPress users. Here are some of the features: Compatible with shared, VPS and dedicated hosting Compatible with apache 1.3+, nginx 0.7+, , IIS 5+ or litespeed 4.0.2+. Easy CDN integration caching of pages by referrer or groups of user agents...
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